News September 27, 2008
Scorsese: History of Movies 'Unthinkable' without Newman
Famed Hollywood director Martin Scorsese is speaking out about the death of Tinseltown legend Paul Newman -- and how the "Butch Cassidy" star has impacted the history of film.
The statement reads: "It's a great loss, in so many ways. The history of movies without Paul Newman? It's unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies - where would we be without him? In From the Terrace or The Hustler or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Verdict or Nobody's Fool, to name just a few pictures that come to mind, he's more than just iconic. In those movies and in many, many others, he created characters that are lasting and durable. His powerful eloquence, his consummate sense of craft, so consummate that you didn't see any sense of effort up there on the screen, set a new standard."
He continues, "My own experience working with him on The Color of Money was a joy, and my memories of our time together are precious. But in addition to being a great actor, one of the greatest really, he was also such a fine, caring man. I will miss him greatly."